Nuffield Ireland Conference 2021

Nuffield Ireland Conference 2021:

Future trends in agri-food policy – how does the sector need to respond?

Friday 12th November 2021.
Castleknock Hotel, Dublin 15.

Nuffield Ireland are delighted to announce the return of our annual conference which will take place on Friday 12th November 2021 at the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin 15.

In Person (limited) and Virtual ticket options available.


Conference Programme

Date: Friday 12th November, 2021
Time: 10.15am – 4.30pm, followed by dinner at 7pm
Venue: Castleknock Hotel, Porterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15. See map


09.15: Registration & Coffee


10.15: Welcome Address from Chairperson, Nuffield Ireland

10.30: Presentations of scholar reports by the 2020 scholars
Kate Dempsey:
‘Can stakeholders in Fisheries and Aquaculture effectively impact and engage with Marine Spatial Planning initiatives? – A case for Irish seafood production’
Bruce Thompson:
‘Can anthelmintic resistance mitigation measures benefit the environment through the employment of grazing strategies and dung beetles?’
Gareth Lamberton:
‘The impact our on-farm decisions have on society.’

Session Chair: Roberta McDonald

11.30: Panel Discussion: ‘Future trends in Agri Food Policy – How does the sector need to respond?’

An expert panel consisting of:
Tom Arnold – Chairman of the 2030 Agri Food Strategy Committee, was appointed by the European Commission to head an international team of experts to assess how best to develop sustainable food systems globally, and former CEO of Concern.
Karina PierceAssociate Professor of Dairy Production in UCD, former member of the Board of Teagasc and Nuffield Scholar.
Declan Kelleher  –  Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels from September 2013 to March 2020, Ambassador of Ireland to China from 2004 to 2013, and former Representative of Ireland to the EU Political and Security Committee in Brussels.
Tadhg Buckley  – Director of Policy/Chief Economist with the Irish Farmers Association and .Nuffield Scholar

The aim of this discussion is to challenge the Nuffield community to consider solutions to the challenges facing the sector.

Panel Chair: Anne Randles

12.45: Lunch

2.00: Presentations of scholar reports by 2020 scholars.
Linda O’Neill:
‘No Farm, No Problem! Routes to a Rewarding Career in Dairy Farming’.
Robbie Byrne:
Regenerative Agriculture – Is this the way forward for Irish farmers?’

Session Chair: Mary Delaney

2.45: Update from the 2019 and 2020 scholars

3.15: Introduction to the 2022 scholars

3.30: Workshop

Workshop for delegates attending the conference in person.

4.30: Final comments and wrap up

7.00: Conference Dinner


Conference Sponsors

Nuffield Ireland Conference Sponsors

Nuffield Conference 2021 is kindly sponsored by MSD Animal Health, Ornua, National Dairy Council, Irish Farmers Journal, Munster Bovine and AIB.

Conference Dinner Sponsor

Nuffield Ireland Conference Dinner Sponsor 2021 - Bank of Ireland

Nuffield Ireland Conference Dinner is kindly sponsored by Bank of Ireland


Booking Information

In Person (limited) and Virtual ticket options available.

The conference will operate according to current government Covid-19 guidelines.

For enquires, please contact John Tyrrell, Executive Secretary at


Please contact Castleknock Hotel directly to book accommodation via:
Phone: +353 (0)1 640 6300